Here at Hero & Leander we are partial to a good old fashioned G&T at the weekend and we know that we’re not alone. It is no secret that gin has made a huge resurgence over the past few years and its popularity continues to grow. The subtle fresh botanical notes make this juniper infused spirit the ideal summer tipple, but what about the winter? We have sourced some of the most delicious winter gin cocktails from a few of the best brands around. Go on, what are you waiting for? Impress your partner and unleash your inner mixologist.
Gin & Jam Cocktail
Award winning Rock Rose Gin is a truly unique gin handcrafted in the wilderness of North Scotland. Botanicals are hand foraged from the cliffs and forests to create an exclusive flavour profile. Not only has the gin won a Bronze Medal for ‘Best Gin’ at the world-renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition, making it a top choice from the UK, it has also been named Best New Launch Design at the World Gin Awards 2015.
The Gin & Jam is a sweet winter gin cocktail treat guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
50ml Rock Rose Gin
20ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Heaped teaspoon of your favourite Jam
Dash of Egg White
Shake extra hard to create a meringue like texture, double strain over cubed ice into a rocks glass.
Garnish with a wee extra spoon of jam. Sit back and enjoy!
Boxer Gin delivers an exciting balance of flavours using fresh juniper berries and a trio of lemon, orange and bergamot. This extra dry balance of flavours is offset by notes of aromatic floral roots and rich woody spice. The smooth, clear texture makes this the ideal neat sipping gin as well as the perfect cocktail spirit.
The French Rouge is a cocktail fit for a king. Bursting with subtle flavours, this special cocktail is screaming out to be served at a celebration; Christmas anyone?
50ml Boxer Gin
15ml lemon juice
10ml Sugar syrup
Dash of Dolin Rouge Vermouth
A few raspberries
Add the gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, vermouth and raspberries to a shaker. Shake well and double strain into a chilled champagne glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with lemon peel.
Bloom premium London dry gin has a delicately light floral flavour with a slightly sweet hint of 3 unique ingredients; honeysuckle, chamomile and pomelo. This bespoke botanical blend transports your taste buds to another world of flavour.
Here at H&L we think a Bellini shouldn’t just be reserved for summer. The use of pear juice combined with Bloom gin creates a winter Bellini that is sheer bliss. Ideal for early evening soirees.
50ml BLOOM Premium London Dry Gin
25ml pear juice
Prosecco to taste
Wild Hibiscus Flower in Syrup
Shake pear juice and BLOOM with ice. Strain into a chilled champagne glass then top up with chilled Prosecco and garnish with a wild hibiscus flower in syrup.
Daffy’s Gin is created from the finest French grain spirit and first class botanicals, all distilled in the same manner as malt whiskey on an ancient copper pot still. The botanicals feature the conventional selection of juniper, coriander seeds and cassia bark but also include the slightly more unconventional Lebanese mint and rare variety lemons bringing out notes of spiced caramel and citrus.
The Goddess’ Sidecar is a delicious treat to whip up at home. Get out 2 glasses for you and your other half and mix to your heart’s content. Words of warning; once you have tried one, you may not be feeling so generous about giving the second one away.
2 parts Daffy’s Gin
1 bar spoon orange marmalade
A dash of Crème de Menthe green
1/3 part elderflower cordial
¾ part lemon juice
Shake the gin, marmalade, Crème de Menthe, cordial and lemon juice together with the ice for 10 seconds. Double strain into a coupette glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with dry lemon and mint.
Sage Bee’s Knees Cocktail
This is one of our favourite winter gin cocktails. St Georges Spirits Botanivore Gin is comprised of an impressive 19 different botanicals including fennel seeds, star anise, ginger, cinnamon and black peppercorns. This carefully chosen selection creates a light, spicy and ambrosial flavour that is distinct and recognisable.
The Sage Bee’s Knees is a golden dream packed full of sweet flavour and herbaceous notes.
½ cup honey
½ cup cold water
1 ½ ounces of St Georges Spirits Botanivore Gin
½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ ounce honey syrup
3 fresh sage leaves
To make the honey syrup simmer equal parts of honey and water in a pan and allow to cool before moving onto the next step. Next, combine gin, lemon juice, syrup, and 2 sage leaves in a cocktail shaker and stir to dissolve honey syrup. Fill shaker halfway with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Crush the remaining sage leaf between your hands over the glass, drop into the drink and serve.
Credit: Aida Mollenkamp at www.saltandwater.com
Sloe Gin Toddy
Hayman’s have been producing award winning gin since 1863. It wouldn’t be right to discuss winter gin cocktails without mentioning Hayman’s Sloe Gin. This traditional English liqueur is made from wild hand-picked sloe berries and wild plums creating a warming fruity flavour.
Hayman’s have come up with the Sloe Gin Toddy; a winter gin cocktail infused with aromatic spices.
1 tsp honey
4 whole cloves or star anises
35ml Hayman’s Sloe Gin
1tsp vanilla sugar or 12.5ml vanilla liqueur
Garnish: Slice of orange
Add honey & spices to a heat-proof glass or mug. Pour in water leaving room for the sloe gin. Add Hayman’s Sloe gin (and liqueur if using), squeeze orange and leave in glass. Stir until honey is melted. Serve with a cinnamon stick.